Pilgrimage Explored

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The enduring importance of pilgrimage as an expression of human longing is explored in this volume through three major themes: the antiquity of pilgrimage in what became the Christian world; the mechanisms of Christian pilgrimage (particularly in relation to the practicalities of the journey and the workings of the shrine); and the fluidity and adaptability of pilgrimage ideology. In their examination of pilgrimage as part of western culture from neolithic times onwards, the authors make use of a range of approaches, often combining evidence from a number of sources, including anthropology, archaeology, history, folklore, margin illustrations and wall paintings; they suggest that it is the fluidity of pilgrimage ideology, combined with an adherence to supposedly traditional physical observances, which has succeeded in maintaining its relevance and retaining its identity. They also look at the ways in which pilgrimage spilled into, or rather was part of, secular life in the middle ages. Dr JENNIE STOPFORD teaches in the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. Contributors: RICHARD BRADLEY, E.D. HUNT, JULIE ANN SMITH, SIMON BARTON, WENDY R. CHILDS, BEN NILSON, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, DEBRA J. BIRCH, SIMON COLEMAN, JOHN ELSNER, A. M. KOLDEWEIJ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780952973430
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/20/1999
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
1 Pilgrimage in Prehistoric Britain? 1
2 Were there Christian Pilgrims before Constantine? 25
3 Sacred Journeying: Women's Correspondence and Pilgrimage in the Fourth and Eighth Centuries 41
4 Patrons, Pilgrims and the Cult of Saints in the Medieval Kingdom of Leon 57
5 Jacques de Vitry and the Ideology of Pilgrimage 79
6 The Medieval Experience at the Shrine 95
7 The Perils, or Otherwise, of Maritime Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the Fifteenth Century 123
8 Pilgrimage and the Cult of St Katherine of Alexandria in Late Medieval England 145
9 Lifting the Veil on Pilgrim Badges 161
10 Pilgrimage to Walsingham and the Re-Invention of the Middle Ages 189
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